Assistant Research Professor in Climate Risk Management, PennState
University Park, PA
A full-time, non-tenure track, fixed-term faculty position is available at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, to join the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. The successful candidate will become part of a transdisciplinary research group analyzing strategies to manage climate risks. The position provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development. The successful candidate will enjoy ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines. The successful candidate will analyze two main questions: How can paleoclimatic and instrumental records improve our mechanistic understanding of the Earth system and inform hazard assessments? How can this scientific information be used to improve the design of climate-risk management strategies? The ideal candidate would have a strong background in a field such as Earth system science (e.g., atmospheric science, geosciences, oceanography), Bayesian statistics, operations research, decision analysis, or applied mathematics. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required. The candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. Possible example projects include uncertainty analysis of climate projections, decision analysis of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and risk analysis of proposed geoengineering strategies. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will comply with Penn State University guidelines. To be considered for this position, applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a summary of relevant skills and experience, reprints of two manuscripts, and contact information for three professional references. For questions about the potential projects, please contact Klaus Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.